Soy butter cookies with chocolate squares
A trip to Ambrosia last weekend provided two samples of Safe4School WowButter, a product which I initially thought would be similar to the vegan margarine I use. What I discovered instead was a product which is a substitute for peanut butter — one which doesn't have the heady initial impact of peanut butter, but which finishes exactly like peanut butter. In other words, a very interesting prospect to someone who uses peanut butter sparingly. Matt pointed out that I could make "peanut butter" cookies, a suggestion which I was glad to discover that others have also considered.
Allrecipes.com has a recipe for Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. Reviews of the recipe suggested increasing the flour and peanut butter content by ½ cup each, and adding a teaspoon of vanilla in with the eggs. The ingredients I used, then, are as follows:
- 1 cup vegan margarine
- 1 ½ cup soy butter
- 1 cup organic white sugar
- 1 cup packed organic brown sugar
- 2 large, organic eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups organic, all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
(due to the margarine being unavailable in unsalted)
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
The end result is a cookie which doesn't have the strong peanut butter flavour of real peanut butter cookies, but which is a pretty good approximation, and certainly worth doing if you have peanut sensitivities. I'd probably make this again, but I'm more likely to attempt making No-Bake WOWBUTTER Squares first, since I've been craving the peanut butter squares at Eve's Temptations in
St. Lawrence Market for well over a year now, which I swore off while I was pregnant.